Sunday, May 24, 2009

Getting creative...with just a hint of plagiarism

President Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, gave a talk back in October that I loved. Here are a couple quotes from it that I especially loved.

"The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before."

"...remember that you are spirit daughters of the most creative Being in the universe."

With that in mind, and the need to freshen up our home to sell, I took the opportunity to do a few things I'd always wanted to do but was a little too nervous to commit the time or money to for fear of failure. I planted flower gardens and I arranged flowers (fake ones) for display in the house.

I suppose what I've done may have a bit of plagiarism to it. First of all the flowers were God's design, not mine. He create the real ones and somebody else copied Him in creating the fake ones. But since I took the last step in the creation process and I'm doing my best to keep maintain the flowers outside, I'd like to say I'm slightly involved in the creative process:)

Here are the geraniums, which are bigger now but still haven't bloomed...Don't give up hope yet!

This is the flower bed just behind the house. There are many more blooms now and the Shasta daisies are just about ready to pop (and I'm slightly embarrassed that I'm extremely excited for when they do).

Here's the back flower bed. It also has more blooms now and I'm beginning to ease up on the worry that I'm going to kill off all these beautiful plants.

This is the front flower bed, which is surprising me by not blooming much despite being the bed that gets the best sun everyday...but at least they're still alive:)

Bret painting and attached these window boxes to the house. They're overflowing with white petunias now that are gorgeous and the purple petunias are fighting valiantly for some space, too.

This beautiful red petunia was my very first bloomer. I was so excited that something I planted actually bloomed that I took a picture:)

And here are a couple examples of the fake flowers inside. Sure the ones on the table are for Easter, but I think I can get away with them at least through the rest of spring and maybe even into the summer months...what do you think? Am I breaking rules of indoor flower etiquette?

It's been lots of fun using some inate creative talents to do some new things and improve our house at the same time.
President Uchtdorf was right. "As spirit daughters of our Heavenly Father, happiness is [our] heritage."
Happy Memorial Day tomorrow!


Melanee said...

What beautiful flowers! Something about gardening just makes me feel so happy... and old. I think lilies are wonderful year-round but they are my favorite flowers, so maybe I'm a little biased.

korth fam said...

wow look at you! I have a hard time with greenery I kill them before they even get home.